Nicola Sturgeon says 'Covid has knocked me for six' as First Minister urges people to get every dose of vaccine

Sturgeon announced she was suffering from mild symptoms with the virus on Friday

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Nicola Sturgeon has said Covid-19 has “knocked me for six” after testing positive on Friday.

Scotland’s First Minister said she had experienced “mild symptoms” after meeting Sinn Fein vice-president Michelle O’Neill in Edinburgh last week, but said on Twitter on Monday that the impact of the virus had worsened.

“Thanks for all the well wishes. The virus has really knocked me for six the past couple of days,” she said.

“So while I hope to be back fighting fit v soon, I’m having to stay at home for now.”

Nicola Sturgeon
Nicola Sturgeon

She added: “Once again – this time from personal experience – please do get all doses of vaccine if you haven’t already.

“Covid can be nasty and vaccination protects against much more serious illness. Right now, I’m feeling extremely grateful for that.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (right) and Sinn Fein Vice President Michelle O'Neill
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (right) and Sinn Fein Vice President Michelle O'Neill

The First Minister had told followers she would “hopefully” be back out and about later next week.

The First Minister met Sinn Fein vice president and first minister designate of Northern Ireland, Michelle O’Neill, at Bute House earlier on Friday.

Sinn Fein confirmed that Ms O’Neill had tested negative following the meeting.

A spokesman for the party said: “Michelle O’Neill has tested negative for Covid-19 this evening following her meeting with Nicola Sturgeon today, but will also be testing tomorrow as a precaution.

“She will also be limiting her contacts in the coming days. We wish Nicola Sturgeon a speedy recovery.”

She also travelled to the US earlier in the week where she met the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and addressed the Brookings Institute in Washington DC.

SNP colleagues including Westminster leader Ian Blackford sent get-well wishes.